Thanksgiving is a special time of year that traditionally includes traveling to see family and friends for festive get-togethers and a big meal. This year, however, as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the country, the holiday will likely look very different.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), small household gatherings contribute greatly to the spread of COVID-19. With the U.S. currently averaging about 158,000 new coronavirus infections a day, “it is vital that Americans rethink Thanksgiving plans during the COVID-19 pandemic and modify how to safely celebrate the holiday,” says Dr. Roy M. Gulick, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.
“This may be a very different Thanksgiving than any other we’ve ever had, but the threat is real and people really need to take COVID seriously,” says Dr. Gulick.
Health Matters spoke with Dr. Gulick, the Rochelle Belfer Professor in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, who shared safety tips for a pandemic Thanksgiving, as well as a few creative ways to celebrate.